Maybe you’ve reached a point where you feel that you have prepared for your family to the best of your ability. Maybe your interest in prepping has grown but you just feel overwhelmed. Perhaps your concern for the safety of your community is growing and you feel drawn to do more to help that community prepare. Whatever your reasons, you’re here at Mom Prepares because you want to learn more about how to take care of your family, no matter your circumstances.
Here at Mom Prepares, we believe that there is no support system like that of your local community. Your community is who you have to survive and rebuild with, after all. Now, it’s time to take prepping to the next step and become involved in defining your community as disaster-ready: It’s time to build a Disaster Preparedness Group in your neighborhood.
What’s a Disaster Preparedness Group
The premise behind a Disaster Preparedness Group is simple – a group of people with a common goal of preparing their neighborhood or community for the impacts and aftermath of a disaster. These groups are typically volunteers who are the hands and feet of community preparedness. Today, we’re going to talk about starting a prepper group in your area and the steps you need to take to establish a community group that is accepted and viewed as an asset by everyone in your area.
Establishing a Disaster Preparedness Group: Research, Research, Research
First, do your legwork. Spend time researching what disaster plans exist in your area. Learn more about the local hazards as well as other potential problems that you believe a Disaster Preparedness Group will want to prepare for. Talk to local emergency personnel about starting a group and where they see a prepper group fitting into their exisiting (and legally required in most cases) plans. Emergency personnel need to recognize your group as an asset that they are willing to call on in a crisis for assistance. Look for disaster groups in the surrounding area that already exist and talk to some of their members about how they overcame obstacles in their path to establishment. There are a number of organizations that exist nationally where you can find out about established Prepper Groups in your area including Citizen Corps and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
You need to find people who are interested in being involved. Hang up flyers, put an ad in the local newspaper or the local radio station. Talk to your friends and neighbors and ask them to get involved with you. Set a meeting date and time. Organize an agenda so that your meeting runs smoothly and clearly defines the purpose of this group. People will be more interested if there are clearly defined objectives and you are organized and professional in your presentation. Seek out speakers who can explain more about what disaster plans exist for your community and how a Preparedness Group can fit into those plans. Also, find community leaders that are supportive and ask them to speak.
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